Social Disorders: The Broken Windows Theory

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Broken windows theory states that unchecked social disorder leads to major crime. Police are here to help keep social disorder in check. This includes disorderly people such as: drug dealers, prostitutes, thieves, etc. A weakness of this crime is that it does not account for the background of people. The Broken Windows theory ignores social and cultural aspects like poverty and only looks at the effects of the “broken window”. For example, homeless people are treated as criminal instead of a social problem, simply because they sleep on the street and do not have another place to live. It is also a hard theory to test; it is not clear if the theory is effective. It few strengths of this theory would be that this theory has an obvious solution

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